Morgan Godvin

Morgan is a writer from Portland, Oregon. She founded Beats Overdose, a harm reduction provider for the music and entertainment industry. She is a research associate with Health in Justice Action Lab and a councilmember on Oregon’s decriminalization Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council. She was formerly incarcerated.

Quitting Kratom Reminded Me How Little Drugs Have to Do With Addiction

“I admitted I was powerless over my addiction” is a phrase I only uttered under extreme duress, monitored by a…

June 23, 2022

Oregon’s Decrim Funding Has Been a Trial to Implement. Better Is to Come.

On February 1, 2021, Oregon became the first state in the nation to decriminalize drug possession, after ballot Measure 110…

June 6, 2022

Kratom Helps Me Cope With Life, So What’s the Problem?

A kilo is surprisingly heavy, I thought as I dropped the package onto my mattress with a thud. I never…

March 10, 2022

Hip Hop and Harm Reduction on Tour

Hip hop, like other music genres, is no stranger to drug overdose. The list of dead rappers grows ever-longer: DMX,…

August 30, 2021

The US Faces a Naloxone Shortage at the Worst Possible Time

Life expectancy in the United States plunged by a year and a half in 2020, the worst year-on-year change since…

July 29, 2021

Drug Decriminalization in Oregon: How’s It Going So Far?

Tanesia DeMacon is no stranger to jail. She estimates she was arrested no fewer than 15 times, starting at the…

April 22, 2021

Crack, Mass Incarceration and Black Trauma: Jeffrey’s Story

Jeffrey Calhoun has been shot seven times and sent to prison three. Had he not been granted clemency by President…

August 20, 2020